Wow this week we celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday and the first day of summer on Tuesday. The first day of summer is a day I look forward to but also dread at the same time. I love summer and everything that comes along with it the longer days the warmer weather and getting out in nature and enjoying all the greenery. However, with the first day of summer also means the days are slowly getting shorter and leading us up to the winter months when things are miserable and cold and the places I love to visit are shut down for the year. Anyways today’s topic is about a little state forest that is near my parents that we would always go visit for a little picnic on hot days because it always seemed so much cooler there. I have a lot of memories from camping, playing in the creek, having a picnic with my dad, mom, and brother, or family gets together with my mom’s side of the family.
Kumbrabow State Forest is located outside of the town of Huttonsville, WV. The Forest itself is not the biggest Forest in WV, however, it is 9,474 acres of forest. The Forest elevation ranges from 3,000 feet above sea level at the lowest point and 3,930 feet above sea level at the highest point. This gives the forest the title of the state’s highest forest. The forest was acquired in 1934 with the help of three prominent families the Kumps, the Bradys and the Bowers, which is where the forest got it the unusual name.
The forest is managed by the multiple-use concept which helps provide recreation and watershed protection while allowing the state to practice the principles of forestry and wildlife management. The forest has a diverse habitat of black bear, turkey, deer, grouse, and even bobcat sightings. The State Forest facilities include fully equipped pioneer cottage and cabins, campsites, bathhouse, and picnic areas.
The cabins located in the forest were built in the late 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and feature stone fireplaces, wood burning kitchen stoves, gas lights, and refrigerators. The cabins no running water and like the other facilities in the forest make use of pit toilets (also known as outhouses) and hand pump wells for water. The cabins come equipped with cooking utensils, dishes, flatware, bed linens, towels and outdoor charcoal grills. You can rent the cabins from the second Friday in April to the first week of December.
Camping is available at the Mill Creek Campground there are 13 sites available for use for camping. The sites are rented on first come first serve basis and only one tent or trailer is allowed per site. However, families may have one or two small tents in addition to the main unit. Please note though that if you have a trailer larger than 20 feet you may have trouble finding a suitable site. The sites feature picnic tables, fireplace, pit toilets facilities, hand pump well for drinking water
The picnic area features picnic tables, fireplaces, hand pump wells for drinking water pit toilets, playground equipment, and pavilions that are available for daily rental.
The forest also features 8 different trails ranging from a ½ mile long to 3 ½ miles long and a small waterfall below the cabins called Mill Creek Falls.